This month, I went to Chicago for WorldCon (ChiCon 8), in which I was on the panels Ask A Scientist, That’s Not How That Works!, and Using SFF for Science Communication, as well as doing a Table Talk (where a small number of fans get to hang out and ask questions). It was very fun to see and hang out with lots of interesting people!
The main episode of Lingthusiasm was Episode 72: What If Linguistics, in which Randall Munroe of xkcd asked us his very good absurd hypothetical questions about linguistics. Here’s a completely real and normal photograph of what that looked like:
The bonus episode was Bonus 67: Behind the scenes on making an aesthetic IPA chart – Interview with Lucy Maddox.
Speaking of which! We’ve heard excitement all month about the fun, minimalist design of the classic International Phonetic Alphabet chart which we released in August and which we’re printing on a massive order of microfibre lens cloths for Lingthusiasm patrons at the Lingthusiast tier or higher. (There’s still a few hours left to sign up for that from when this newsletter goes out, if that’s something you’ve been procrastinating on – it closes once it stops being October 5th, 2022 anywhere in the world, so a lot of folks may be able to sneak in a couple extra bonus hours.)
I also started a bracket on how people spell the clipped form of “usual” (spoiler: they’re all confusing)
- Sci-Fi or Fantasy
- Alt Text Masterclass
- Full stops can annoy Gen Z, warn linguists (including in Because Internet)
- “But clerk, I am Bill Labov” (pagliacci meme)
- langue d’AÏ
- I read the book Babel by R.F. Kuang and greatly enjoyed it
- Bouba Kiki primal reaction image
- Linguistics jobs: Language Engineer
This month’s image is still the aesthetic IPA design because we’ve been doing a few final tweaks on it this month!
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